Para Snowboard

Noah Elliott of Team United States competes in the Men's Para Snowboard during day three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics on March 07, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
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Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026

Snowboard Paralimpico

Para Snowboard

Para snowboard made its debut at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. As we look forward to Milano Cortina 2026, here is everything you need to know about this sport.

Snowboard Paralimpico

Competitions

Athletes compete in 2 different events in 3 categories for men and 1 for women depending on the type of disability:
- Athletes with a physical disability affecting one or both legs. They can use prosthetics or modified equipment to compete.
- Athletes with a physical disability affecting one or both arms, who compete while standing.

The athletes compete in the following events:

Banked slalom
Each athlete completes three runs, and the best run determines their final ranking based on increasing time. Only one athlete is on the course at a time. The course may have a medium-pitched slope. It is ideally a naturally variable terrain with lots of bumps and dips. There are snowbanks at the gate and the athlete can choose the best path.

Snowboard cross
During qualifications, each athlete completes three runs, and the best run determines their final ranking based on increasing time. Only one athlete is on the course at a time. In head-to-head competitions, there are 16 men and 8 women in the finals, with 2 competitors (or another number set by the jury) in each run. In timed events, athletes compete one at a time.

Giant slalom
Each athlete makes two runs, and the combined time determines the final ranking. Only one athlete is on the course at a time. The course generally features a medium-pitched slope, but preferably with different pitches. It should be well groomed and the snow should be compact.

At Milano Cortina 2026, the men's and women's events will take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the Cortina Para Snowboard Park.

Territory

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Cortina D'Ampezzo

Origins

Para snowboard was initially governed by the World Snowboard Federation (WSF), but after signing a memorandum of understanding in 2010, it was included in World Para Alpine Skiing with the goal of continuing to work with the WSF to develop the sport. World Para Snowboard then served as the international federation for this sport until governance was transferred to the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) in 2022.

The sport owes its success to the determination of a group of pioneers who in 2005 began to request that this sport be included in the Paralympic Winter Games.

After many years of campaigning, it was announced in 2012 that para snowboard would make its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 as part of the alpine skiing program, with two medal events in snowboard cross time trials for men and women with lower limb disabilities.

Olympic History

Para snowboard made its debut at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The sport had a lot of success, attracting the interest of international media. At the games, Dutch athlete Bibian Mentel-Spee won the gold medal for the women's event and American athlete Evan Strong took home the gold for the men's event.

Curiosities about Italian Championships

At the moment, Italy has only one Paralympic medal in this discipline, the silver medal won by Manuel Pozzerle in the snowboard cross at Pyeongchang 2018.

FAQ

Here are the answers to your questions.

  • Who is the most decorated male Paralympic snowboarder at the Olympic Games?

  • Who is the most decorated female Paralympic snowboarder at the Olympic Games?

  • Which nations have won the most medals at the Paralympic Games?

  • Where will the Para snowboard competitions at Milano Cortina 2026 take place?

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